The ToePro foot exercise platform has been designed to improve performance by strengthening muscles of the foot and leg in their lengthened positions. Compared to conventional exercises, exercising lengthened muscles produces nearly fourfold increases in strength.
Increasing toe and arch strength is important for injuries like plantar fasciitis, metatarsal stress fractures, and bunions, which are strongly correlated with toe weakness.
The ToePro Foot Exercise Device is also useful for the prevention of falls in the elderly: every 1% increase in force generated beneath the big toe decreases a senior's risk of falling by 7%.
Welcome to Human Locomotion.com
HumanLocomotion.com provides books and articles written by Dr. Tom Michaud, as well as clinical tools and rehab products for state-of-the-art management of gait-related disorders.
Human Locomotion, a technical book written for sports medicine professionals, is available on Amazon.com. Currently translated into Korean and Japanese, and in 2021 will be published in Russian, Chinese, and Dutch. Students can purchase the book at a discounted price by contacting us through the "contact us" page.
Injury-Free Running is for serious runners interested in treating and preventing running injuries. The second edition, published by Lotus in Europe and North Atlantic in the United States, will be available in June in the US. Scroll down for more information.
The biomechanical measuring devices are made from anodized aluminum with dovetail joints machined to 1000th of an inch accuracy. Our products include the ToePro Foot/Ankle Exercise Platform, the ToePro/Hip Strength Dynamometer, The Two-To-One Ankle Rockboard, and the Triple Stick Strap.
Each product has a video link demonstrating it's use, and in the future we will be adding new videos of exercises recommended by Dr. Michaud.
NEW! Varus Posts
New self-stick posts attach directly to the bottom of an insole and have been proven to improve alignment and alter motion in the foot, ankle, knee and hip. Great for managing plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and even reducing valgus collapse of the knee.
NEW! Valgus Posts
While most custom and over-the-counter orthotics are designed for people with low arches who pronate excessively, valgus posts are designed to treat and prevent injuries in people with high arches. These full-length posts stick directly beneath your insoles. Price is for a pair of posts.
NEW! The PEEL and STICK Interdigital Neuroma Balance
Interdigital neuromas are common, poorly studied, and notoriously difficult to treat. By offloading the third and fourth metatarsal heads throughout propulsion, the new Peel and Stick interdigital neuroma balance allows you to effectively treat interdigital neuromas, usually without the need for surgery and/or expensive orthotics.
NOTE: EXACT PLACEMENT of this balance is essential for treatment success and should be performed by a healthcare professional.
NEW! The PEEL and STICK Sesamoid Balance
Sesamoid injuries are extremely common, especially in high-arched individuals. The new Peel and Stick Sesamoid Balance is thicker than most sesamoid balances, and is made of a blend of urethane rubber, PPT, and synthetic suede designed to significantly reduce pressure beneath the first metatarsal head.
INJURY-FREE RUNNING, SECOND EDITION IS ALMOST HERE!
Dr. Tom Michaud's definitive guide on how to build strength, improve form, and treat/prevent injuries is now available in the UK through Lotus Publishing and will be out in June in the USA (published by North Atlantic Books).
Injury-Free Running, Second Edition will show you how to:
* Perform an at-home gait analysis to make specific changes in your running form.
*Decrease your risk of injury by identifying problems with strength, flexibility and/or neuromotor coordination using specific functional tests.
*Incorporate new exercises to enhance the storage and return of energy in your tendons.
*Treat 25 of the most common running-related injuries with the most up-to-date, scientifically justified treatment protocols available.
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Praise for Injury-Free running
Uta Pippig, Olympian and three-time winner of the Boston Marathon
From personal experience, I know that Dr. Michaud is an expert on the biomechanics of this wonderful sport. If you love running, you will love this book.
Joan Benoit-Samuelson, world record holder in the marathon from 1983-1985, gold medalist in the 1984 Olympics
Dr. Michaud's experience with runners has been long running and highly praised. His vast knowledge of the human body and understanding of biomechanics will help you achieve your peak potential. This book is a great resource for athletes of all ages and abilities.
Tegla Laroupe, women's world record holder in the marathon from 1998-2001
Dr. Michaud kept me running through the toughest parts of my career. The information in this book can help runners of all levels remain injury-free.
NEW VIDEO! BIOMECHANICAL EXAMINATION AND GAIT ANALYSIS BY DR. TOM MICHAUD
In this new video, Dr. Michaud reviews the biomechanical assessment of an injured athlete. The first 45 minutes of the video reviews the physical exam. The final 10 minutes of the video provides an in-depth gait analysis with crucial measurements necessary to improve performance and prevent injury.
THE TOEPRO/HIP STRENGTH DYNAMOMETER
Pair this clever device with the ToePro to precisely monitor toe strength results. Place the card beneath the patients/athletes toes and pull slowly as they try to hold the card down. The dynamometer has a peak hold setting for a precise reading. The optional strap (sold separately) is for measuring hip strength. Read a brief article on the dynamometer, and watch a video of the dynamometer being used.
MOST POPULAR ARTICLES by DR. TOM MICHAUD
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PRAISE FOR HUMAN LOCOMOTION, WRITTEN BY DR. TOM MICHAUD
Hylton Menz, PhD, Former Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Foot and Ankle Research.
This is by far the most thorough text on lower extremity biomechanics currently available. Highly recommended, both for students and clinicians.
Warren Hammer, DC. Author of "Functional Soft Tissue Examination and Treatment by Manual Methods," Aspen Publishers.
Dr. Michaud explains everything we need to know about the gait cycle, it's evaluation, orthotics and treatment protocols. This book is a must read in our quest to help people live a more pain free life.
Matt Dilnot, podiatrist. Cofounder of Equus Medical and past president of the Australian Podiatry Association.
This is absolutely the best source available on the mechanics, diagnosis, and conservative treatment of gait-related disorders. Whether you are a podiatrist, pedorthist, physical therapist or chiropractor, you must have this book.